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Introduction
The Feminine Mind-1
The War Between the Sexes-2.1
The War Between the Sexes-2.2
The War Between the Sexes-2.3
Marriage-3.1
Marriage-3.2
Marriage-3.3
Marriage-3.4
Woman Suffrage-4.1
Woman Suffrage-4.2
Woman Suffrage-4.3
Woman Suffrage-4.4
The New Age-5.1
The New Age-5.2
The Kama Sutra of Vatsyayana. INTRODUCTION
THE VATSYAYANA SUTRA-1-2
THE VATSYAYANA SUTRA-3-4-5
OF SEXUAL UNION-1-2
OF SEXUAL UNION-3-4-5
OF SEXUAL UNION-6-7-8
OF SEXUAL UNION-10-11
ABOUT THE ACQUISITION OF A WIFE-1-2
ABOUT THE ACQUISITION OF A WIFE-3-4-5
ABOUT A WIFE-1-2
ABOUT THE WIVES OF OTHER MEN-1-2
ABOUT THE WIVES OF OTHER MEN-3-4
ABOUT THE WIVES OF OTHER MEN-5-6
ABOUT COURTESANS-1-2
ABOUT COURTESANS-3-4
ABOUT COURTESANS-5-6
ABOUT THE MEANS OF ATTRACTING OTHERS TO YOURSELF-1-2
CONCLUDING REMARKS

actual wife to share the direst poverty, but even the least vampirish 

woman of the third part demands to be courted in what, considering his 

station in life, is the grand manner, and the expenses of that grand 

manner scare off all save a small minority of specialists in deception. 

So long, indeed, as a wife knows her husband's income accurately, she 

has a sure means of holding him to his oaths. 

 

Even more effective than the fiscal barrier is the barrier of 

poltroonery. The one character that distinguishes man from the other 

higher vertebrate, indeed, is his excessive timorousness, his easy 

yielding to alarms, his incapacity for adventure without a crowd behind 

him. In his normal incarnation he is no more capable of initiating an 

extra-legal affair--at all events, above the mawkish harmlessness of 

a flirting match with a cigar girl in a cafe-than he is of scaling the 

battlements of hell. He likes to think of himself doing it, just as 

he likes to think of himself leading a cavalry charge or climbing the 

Matterhorn. Often, indeed, his vanity leads him to imagine the thing 

done, and he admits by winks and blushes that he is a bad one. But at 

the bottom of all that tawdry pretence there is usually nothing more 

material than an oafish smirk at some disgusted shop-girl, or a scraping 

of shins under the table. Let any woman who is disquieted by reports 

of her husband's derelictions figure to herself how long it would have 

taken him to propose to her if left to his own enterprise, and then let 

her ask herself if so pusillanimous a creature could be imaged in the 

role of Don Giovanni. 

 

Finally, there is his conscience--the accumulated sediment of ancestral 

faintheartedness in countless generations, with vague religious fears 

and superstitions to leaven and mellow it. What! a conscience? Yes, 

dear friends, a conscience. That conscience may be imperfect, inept, 

unintelligent, brummagem. It may be indistinguishable, at times, from 

the mere fear that someone may be looking. It may be shot through with 

hypocrisy, stupidity, play-acting. But nevertheless, as consciences go 

in Christendom, it is genuinely entitled to the name--and it is always 

in action. A man, remember, is not a being in vacuo; he is the fruit and 

slave of the environment that bathes him. One cannot enter the House 

of Commons, the United States Senate, or a prison for felons without 

becoming, in some measure, a rascal. One cannot fall overboard without 


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